The collection: Backtalk

September Backtalk

We kick off the fall edition of Backtalk with a discussion on Protagonist vs. Antagonist.  Bring your favorite heros and villains to share as we delve into what makes them tick, and explore the best ways to make these key story elements click in a way that will hook your readers and keep them turning pages.

Where:  Chili’s, Franklin and Milwaukee
When:  Saturday, September 20, 11:30 – 1:30.
Note:  Backtalk will take a break for the Holiday’s in November, but will return in January on it’s regular bi-monthly schedule.

March Backtalk event at Fuddrucker’s

In almost any story it’s the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys.  Gender doesn’t matter, or even species, depending on what you’re writing about.  What does matter is how they interact to keep the reader interested.  And what better time than the Ides of March to talk about bad guys?  That’s the topic of our next Backtalk, Saturday,  March 15, 11:30 – 1:30, at Fuddruckers on Entertainment Way (near the Edwards Cinemas – 1667 S. Entertainment Avenue Boise, 83709).  Bring your ideas and an open mind as we tackle this thorny topic.

Backtalk January 18th, 2014

 

BOOK TITLES & COVERS

 

Several of you who attended the November Backtalk suggested that the next session deal with book titles and covers. That’s what we’ll be discussing on January 18, from 11:30 – 1:30, at what’s becoming our regular bi-monthly haunt: Fuddrucker’s at 1667 Entertainment Way, near the Edwards Cinemas on Overland and Cole. Please join us for a scintillating discussion.

Backtalk Saturday November 16th

At our September Backtalk a number of members asked about holding a session for new writers; a kind of “how to get started” session.  So we decided to make our November edition just that.  Here’s a chance to ask all those questions you always wanted the answers to when it comes to getting into the writing game.  On Saturday, November 16, from 11:30 to 1:30 at Fuddrucker’s on Entertainment way, near the Edwards Cinemas on Overland and Cole, we’ll provide as many answers as we can.  Whether you have questions, or answers, please come and join in the discussion.  We hope to see you there.

Backtalk – Rendezvous Redux

Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Julia Davis Park (by the Bandshell)

Join us for an outdoor edition of Backtalk on Saturday, May 19, 11:30 – 1:30 at Julia Davis Park by the Bandshell. We’d like to take advantage of the beautiful weather, so bring your own lunch and a blanket or chair. This month’s topic will focus on the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous. We’d love your feedback and your hopes for next year’s Rendezvous, whether or not you had a chance to attend the 1st annual conference earlier this month.

Join us at Julia Davis Park by the Bandshell from 11:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, May 19th.  If you’re so inclined, feel free to bring lunch and a blanket or chair.

 

Backtalk – How to Get the Most out of the Rendezvous

Saturday, March 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N 13th St., Boise

The Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous is a 2-1/2 day event filled with workshops, panels, book-signings, open mic readings, one-on-one manuscript evaluations, marketing plan evaluations, pitch sessions…not to mention thirty – count them, 30 – authors, agents, editors, screenwriters, songwriters, and other industry professionals who will be attending and holding sessions of various kinds. What’s a reader or writer to do with that abundance of choices? Come to Backtalk! on March 17th at the Sun Ray Café for a discussion with Doug Copsey and other members of the conference committee to learn how to get the best out of the Rendezvous.

Join us at the Sun Ray Café in Hyde Park from 11:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, March 17th.  Food and drink will be available as always.

 

Backtalk – Writing for Contests

Saturday, January 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N 13th St., Boise

Join us for a stimulating January edition of Backtalk on Saturday, January 14, 11:30 – 1:30 at the Sun Ray Café, our usual Hyde Park haunt.  We’ve done a last-minute switch of topics to make sure we cover contests before the deadline for the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous contests (details coming soon).  We’ll give tips on entering writing contests and discuss how to better your chances.

Join us at the Sun Ray Café in Hyde Park from 11:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, January 14th.  Food and drink will be available as always.

 

Backtalk – eBooks!

Saturday, November 12th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N 13th St., Boise

Our next Backtalk will focus on eBooks.  Join the discussion on when and how to publish an ebook and what to expect from the process.  Joanne Pence, who just returned from an ebook conference in Florida, will lead the discussion.  All are welcome to attend, so please  join us at the Sun Ray Café in Hyde Park from 11:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, November 12th.  Food and drink will be available as always.

Backtalk – eBooks

Saturday, November 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N 13th St., Boise

Ebooks are everywhere, so let’s talk about them!  Join the Idaho Writers Guild along with special guest author Robert Wagner and IWG’s own Joanne Pence, who will just have returned from an ebook conference, to discuss the how and why of ebooks.  Join us at the Sun Ray Café in Hyde Park from 11:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, November 12th.  Food and drink will be available as always.

Backtalk – More About Agents

Saturday, September 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N 13th St., Boise

At the request of several members we’ll continue our discussion about Agents.  Those of you who have agents, or who attended our All About Agents workshop in May can share your experiences with those who have questions or just want to learn more about this important part of the industry and how it’s changing with the onset of digital publishing.  Join us at the Sun Ray Café in Hyde Park from 11:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, September 10th.  Food and drink will be available as always.